Students: Just too little time
Georgia Trimceski, founder and CEO of Mentorium GmbH, studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and worked for many years as a freelance lecturer and mentor for mathematics at various universities. "I noticed very early that young scientists are often not adequately prepared at the universities. The actual learning, the understanding of the contents, does not take place in the lectures, but in the exercises afterwards, "says the graduate engineer.
With the changeover to Bachelor's and Master's degree programs, the need for supplementary offers has even increased. "Today's students have less time to find themselves, their interests and specializations in their studies," criticizes Trimceski. "And then they have a bachelor, but do not know what they really want to do," he observed in the counseling routine.
Young scientists unlearn scientific work
There is also often no discussion of the basic techniques of scientific work, Trimceski noted, mostly due to a lack of time: "Today, students have to complete numerous examinations and assignments in a very short time. And they probably do not feel that scientific techniques really help them, "explains the mentor founder. The result: Instead of dealing with one thing thoroughly and gaining a secure foundation, the students jump from one to the next to check off their ruse as quickly as possible.
"Once such a way of working has become established, it is difficult to change again," explains Trimceski, and he wants to remedy this with his offer: Mentorium supports students doing bachelor's and master's theses as well as house and seminar papers. "Students of all subjects can to use our service throughout our studies through to graduation and promotion ", explains the entrepreneur the peculiarity of his offer.
Make a difference with a suitable offer
The spectrum from scientific proofreading or proofreading to formatting and plagiarism testing up to the linguistic, formal and graphical fine-tuning of the work. The analysis of statistical data as well as translations and transcriptions are also part of the service.
The texts are examined not only for linguistic correctness, but also the appropriate scientific style. For example, synonyms are suggested for content duplications. And finally, the student receives various correction versions of the text and the feedback of the lecturer.
Quality is ensured by a rigorous selection process among the editors, which only five percent of the applicants insist on: "Everyone has a scientific background, translators and science lecturers are native speakers," says Trimceski, who now has permanent and freelance employees at 80.
"We advise, but do not take away the writing from the students"
Ghostwriting does not explicitly offer Mentorium as Trimceski emphasizes: "This is not only illegal, but also brings students into unwanted dependencies. I therefore strongly advise against the use of such untrustworthy services, "he said emphatically, explaining the importance of an advisory role:
"We advise and comment on mistakes, but do not take away the students' letters, but only give hints about what they can do differently." This is a work relief, but at the same time coaching, too , but they also get the feedback that they have now better understood how scientific work works. And it is precisely during the graduation work that we ensure a certain success guarantee. "
Since not all students can afford a comprehensive editorial Mentorium annually awards 36 own scholarships to students and PhD students for the supervision of their theses. Further scholarships are from dedicated Company Sponsored.
"Many students work alongside their studies to finance themselves. However, in the final phase of their studies, in which the final thesis has to be written, the time for a student job is often no longer available. Here we want to relieve students and encourage them with our scholarships, "explains Georgia Trimceski. Funded students receive academic proofreading, professional formatting and a plagiarism check.
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For the future, Trimceski, who was able to win GZSZ star Susan Sideropoulos as a testimonial, plans to expand his service into a round-the-clock service:
"Right now we have a free one eBook 'Scientific Work', which is offered as a PDF file, Apple iBook, Amazon Kindle. We want to support students from the first semester to the end with various services. The need is definitely there and we have not only the right concept, but also the experienced experts in the team. "
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